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  • Actors: Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper, Frances McDormand, Pamela Reed, Ned Beatty
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Writers: James Hicks
  • Producers: Aaron Schwab, Derek Gibson, Faye Schwab, John Daly, Sue Baden-Powell
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009Y3QG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,705 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Chattahoochee" on IMDb

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Gary Oldman, Dennis Hopper and OscarÂ(r) winner* Frances McDormand star in this passionately acted and frighteningly real "triumph-over-adversity story"(Screen International) made all the more compellingÂ...because it's true. Oldman is Emmet Foley, a decorated Korean War hero unable to adjust to civilian life. Loading his pistol, Foley takes aim at his Florida hometown, hoping to be killed by police so his wife can collect the insurance. But his actions instead land him in a mental hospital, where he encounters a horrifying scene of abuse, filth and neglect. With the help of a fellow inmate (Hopper), Foley begins a campaign to correct the hospital's vile practices. But can he overcome his reputation as a madman and become a hero once again? *1996: Actress, Fargo

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The breadth of emotional range and display is amazing out of both actors.
Jordango
I suppose it doesn't really matter, but it was question that stuck in my mind.
cookieman108
Dennis Hopper has a good role as his confidant, and does a great job at that.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By JR Peterman on March 1, 2004
Format: DVD
Truthfully, I know nothing of this movie's history, nothing of the actual events from which it was taken. However, considering the film for film's value alone, its strengths are easily indentifiable. Gary Oldman is absolutely brilliant. Any fan who simply loves to watch him work, loves to study each inflection of his ever changable features, will be in heaven just as I was. Though there are many movies of his I enjoy more - few display his breadth and depth so completely. He's nearly flawless here, and is present in almost every scene. Dennis Hopper is also uncomfortably believable, and the supporting cast was perfect (Frances McDormand, Ned Beatty, Pamela Reed).
For those whose attention won't be secured by Oldman alone, or who aren't generally intrigued by stories of mental illness or the usual "injustice within the system" scenarios, this film may hold little for you. I happen to like these kinds of films, and therefore didn't find it to be as bleak as critics nationwide promised it would be. There were some interesting visuals, some touching scenes, some disturbing scenes, etc. It had the rambling gait characteristic of "stories inspired by actual events," and moved at a steady pace, though I was annoyed when it ended upbruptly with an odd lack of closure. What I did find daunting could be perceived as a sign of the time it was made or perhaps low dvd quality - some of the editing and cinematography were poor, and there were warped voice-overs and dubbing.
Bottom line? It's a must for Gary Oldman fans or anyone who needs proof he can play someone other than a villain, a maybe for true story buffs who care more about studying human nature than facts, and probably a good one to overlook for anyone who's looking for a film that is, taken all-in-all, uplifting or cinematically impressive
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By cookieman108 on January 18, 2006
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Chattahoochee (1989) is a film inspired by true events of a man, after returning home from the Korean war, went crazy go nuts, got hisself locked up in a state loony bin, documented and reported all the abuses he saw and experienced, which eventually led to reforms of the system for public provided care of the mentally ill. Directed by Mick Jackson (L.A. Story, The Bodyguard), the film stars Gary Oldman (Sid and Nancy, Romeo Is Bleeding) as the Emmett Foley, a certified hero in the Korean conflict and a certified nut at home. Also appearing is Dennis Hopper (True Romance, Space Truckers), Frances McDormand (Fargo, Johnny Skidmarks), Pamela Reed (Cadillac Man, Kindergarten Cop), Ned `Squeal Like a Pig' Beatty (Rudy, Radioland Murders), and M. Emmet Walsh (Slap Shot, The Jerk, Blade Runner).

Emmett Foley ain't right in the head...or so it seemed that one, fine Sunday afternoon when he began randomly shooting up his neighborhood with a revolver. Strange thing is, he didn't seem to be trying to hurt anyone...but himself, and even that didn't work out too well, as the local police are terrible marksmen. Eventually Emmett turns his gun on himself, but the wound isn't fatal. While in custody, Emmet is deemed crazy, and transferred to Chattahoochee, a state mental asylum. His frustrated wife Mae (McDormand) can't even begin to understand what's going on, and neither can his family, including his sister Earlene (Reed). Upon arriving, Emmett finds the conditions at the state run facility deplorable, including overcrowded, filthy, roach infested barracks, no medical treatment readily available to the inmates, cruel and abusive guards, a neglectful and uncaring staff, harsh punishments, and food not fit for human consumption (I can honestly say I've never see a green pork chop until I saw this film).
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jordango on February 11, 2005
Format: DVD
This movie is very moving. I saw this because I saw that Gary Oldman was in it and I will watch any movie he is in. I am glad I did, because this is one of his best performances, even as a young as he was. Based on a true story, Chattahoochee mainly takes place in an insane asylum. Dennis Hopper is also very effective as another inmate. The breadth of emotional range and display is amazing out of both actors. This movie also makes me wish Gary Oldman got more lead roles; he can carry a film like no other and is a much better actor than any one else out there (respectively). Anyone looking for a very deep, involving, emotional story that is based on true events should be looking here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HoosierIUSB on July 4, 2010
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A moving film - was the best about psychiatric disorders IMHO until "A Beautiful Mind" came along. Gary Oldman - what a performance!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Brandt on August 2, 2010
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Gary Oldman becomes whatever character he plays, be it Emmett Foley here, Beethoven, or Count Dracula. He is always totally believeable. Pamela Martin is also quite good in her roll as his sister Earlene, but Francis McDormand, a normally adept actress, seemed wooden and uncomfortable as his wife Mae Foley. Beyond the performances, however, the movie seems like a series of unrelated vignettes. You just know that a lot of it must have ended up on the cutting room floor. The pace is so slow that only Oldman's performance maintains interest for long periods. The ending comes off like a last-minute cut-and-paste job to give the movie a bit of a happy ending. How historically accurate it is I cannot say, but Chris Calhoun, the real-life basis for Emmett Foley, says about 60%.
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